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Club-A-Rama Week 46:


 

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his machine is a beauty. It has the original red/yellow deck with original Disney posed wire figures in various positions about deck, e.g., pushing the mold halves closed, riding the dispensing shovel, pointing to the finished figure, etc. The original RED Disney delivery door is beautifully intact over the delivery box.

 

This particular machine was built just before the '64 NY World's Fair, and was last used in 1976. When retired it was producing Pluto Disney figures, the Pluto mold being on the machine and some original old-wax Pluto figures being found strewn about inside the machine.

 

The MOLDVILLE Mold-A-Rama machine has many, many, many original molds with it. (Not the wax figures;  I'm talking about the aluminum mold halves themselves that push together to make the MAR figures.)

 

For those inquiring minds, the best information is that the Disneyland Toy Factory Mold-A-Rama machines were NOT ever at Disneyland. But they most certainly WERE at the 1964 New York World's Fair, used to mold various Disney characters, and of course the '64 NY World's Fair symbol- the UNISPHERE!

 

Question is: What to do with this vintage, beautiful, all-original, operating machine?

 

While this thought can change depending upon interest, the initial idea is to make figures for those interested, change the mold each week, and offer a 'subscription' for a years' worth of figures. That would be 52 figures, perhaps shipped monthly, including some otherwise commonly seen figures, some not-so-commonly seen figures, and most importantly some EXTREMELY RARELY SEEN figures. While the exact figures to be molded will not be disclosed ahead of time, the rarest molds to be used include molds used at:

     '62 World's Fair in SEATTLE

     '64 World's Fair in NEW YORK

     '67 EXPO in MONTREAL

     Mann's Chinese Theatre in HOLLYWOOD at movie premiers

 

Each week, on Moldville Mondays, I hope to post a VIDEO clip of the Moldville Mold-A-Rama making that week's featured figure. All those who are subscribed will receive that figure (and subsequent figures). To provide incentive to subscribe beforehand and not wait until a desirable ultra-rare figure is announced, each new figure will be molded only for those who are already subscribed-and only one per subscription. I hope to provide the look and feel-and excitement-of discovering a Mold-A-Rama machine and the magical figure it brings to life.

 

If/when I get REALLY up to speed (and gain sufficient interest), I may provide some original AUDIO tracks from the Mold-A-Rama machines circa 1960s. This audio was output from a tape player either as an 'attract' mode to randomly attract a passerby, or continuously.

 

The Moldville Mold-A-Rama is based in Washington, DC, in a location probably 500+ miles from the closest operating Mold-A-Rama machine.

 

Please, PASS THE WORD! Let me have your thoughts at MoldvilleMoldarama@gmail.com. The more interest there is, the more likely this is to happen! And soon!

 

The subscription price is looking like it will be set at a mere $5 per week (plus nominal monthly shipping.) Remember, you'll want to subscribe quickly and not miss out on any Moldville Mondays. I plan to start with a bang! If you miss any given week because you haven't yet subscribed, you will have missed your opportunity to own that week’s figure, which very well may have been one of the many extremely rare figure

HMS BOUNTY

1963


The HMS BOUNTY is one of the most storied ships, and movies, of all time.  Hollywood has made no fewer than FIVE different movies about the HMS BOUNTY!  This particular ship was made for the 4th copy of the movie - the one starring MARLON BRANDO. The HMS BOUNTY is well known for the storied mutiny that took place in Tahiti in 1789 on board the British transport vessel.  The HMS BOUNTY was sent to the Pacific Ocean by the Royal Navy to acquire breadfruit plants and to transport them to the West Indies.  But disagreements arose between Lieutenant William Bligh and his Sailing Master Fletcher Christian, leading to a mutiny on April 28, 1789. 


Despite strong words and threats heard on both sides, the ship was taken bloodlessly and apparently without struggle by any of the loyalists except Bligh himself. Of the 42 men on board aside from Bligh and Christian, 18 joined Christian in mutiny, two were passive, and 22 remained loyal to Bligh.

The mutineers ordered Bligh, two midshipmen, the surgeon's mate (Ledward), and the ship's clerk into the ship's boat.  Several more men voluntarily joined Bligh rather than remaining aboard. Bligh and his men sailed the open boat 30 miles to Tofua in search of supplies, but were forced to flee after attacks by hostile natives resulted in the death of one of the men. Bligh then undertook an arduous journey to the Dutch port of Coupang, located over 3,500 miles from Tofua. He safely landed there 47 days later, having lost no men during the voyage except the one killed on Tofua.



The mutineers sailed for the island of Tubuai, where they tried to settle. After three months of being terrorized by the cannibalistic natives, however, they returned to Tahiti. Sixteen of the mutineers and the four loyalists who had been unable to accompany Bligh remained there, taking their chances that the Royal Navy would find them and bring them to justice.

Immediately after setting the sixteen men ashore in Tahiti in September 1789, Fletcher Christian, eight other crewmen, six Tahitian men, and 11 women, one with a baby, set sail in the HMS BOUNTY hoping to elude the Royal Navy. According to a journal kept by one of Christian's followers, the Tahitians were actually kidnapped when Christian set sail without warning them, the purpose of this being to acquire the women. The mutineers passed through the  Fiji and Cook Islands, but feared that they would be found there. Continuing their quest for a safe haven, on 15 January 1790 they rediscovered Pitcairn Island, which had been misplaced on the Royal Navy's charts. After the decision was made to settle on Pitcairn, livestock and other provisions were removed from the HMS BOUNTY. To prevent the ship's detection, and anyone's possible escape, the ship was burned on 23 January 1790 in what is now called Bounty Bay.

Thirty-five years later in 1825, HMS BLOSSOM, on a voyage of exploration under Captain Frederick Beechey, arrived on Christmas Day off Pitcairn and spent 19 days there. Captain Beechey later recorded the story of the mutiny on the HMS BOUNTY in his 1831 published account of the voyage, as did one of his crew, John Bechervaise, in his 1839 Thirty-Six years of a Seafaring Life by an Old Quarter Master. Beechey wrote a detailed account of the mutiny as recounted to him by the last survivor, Adams. Bechervaise, who described the life of the islanders, says he found the remains of the HMS BOUNTY and took some pieces of wood from it which were turned into souvenirs such as snuff boxes.


This replica HMS BOUNTY was built in Nova Scotia to the plans of the 18th Century original, and still attracts tourists (it is currently on the East Coast.)  Built for the 1962 "Mutiny on the Bounty" with Marlon Brando, HMS BOUNTY sails the country offering dockside tours.  It has appeared in many documentaries since, as well as in other movies such as "Pirates of the Caribbean - Dead Mans Chest" as the EDINBURGH TRADER.


Marlon Brando later married co-star Tarita, and bought the tiny atoll of Tetiaroa.


This is the replica HMS BOUNTY making its way in March 1964 for its exhibit at the 1964 New York World's Fair.

Given the large number of Mold-A-Rama machines present at the 1964 New York World's Fair, as well as the relatively large number of surviving moldsets of the HMS BOUNTY, leads to the obvious conclusion that the HMS BOUNTY mold was first vended at the 1964 New York World's Fair.  The HMS BOUNTY was at the New York World's Fair only in 1964 though - apparently few visitors made it from the main Fair site over to the Marina.  In early 1965 it sailed for Florida.

Right is 80 year old Parkin Christian, Great-Great Grandson of Fletcher Christian, in March 1964, with the replica HMS BOUNTY at the dock.



 

 

 

The HMS BOUNTY is very similar to the USS CONSTITUTION mold, which I am told was definitely vended at the 1964-65 New York World's Fair.



 

This is the official trailer for the 1962 MGM film "Mutiny on the Bounty".  At the end of this weeks video clip is a short home movie of a family's visit to the HMS BOUNTY in 1966 at Sunken Gardens, Florida.


Made for the promotional tour for the 1962 movie "MUTINY ON THE BOUNTY", the HMS BOUNTY moldset dates to early 1963.  The mold is engraved HMS BOUNTY on the front, and "The Mutiny of the Bounty April 28, 1789" on the reverse.  Another surviving moldset was later engraved as a souvenir from SUNKEN TREASURE when the HMS BOUNTY was on the St. Pete Pier in Florida in the 1980s.


Disclaimers:  The color and/or exact condition of the MOLD you get in the CLUB-A-RAMA may or may not be as shown.  Not for children under 3.


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